This paper will be a review of the article “Income Inequality, Education Attainment, and Mortality Rates”. The main purpose of this paper is to determine whether there is a relationship between income inequality, education levels and mortality rates. The results of the study confirm the relationship between income inequality and mortality. It also validates Muller’s findings that the lack of educational attainment offers an estimate of mortality rates and depicts the income inequality effect.
The topic of the research is interesting and important. The concepts discussed are clearly identified and explained. There is a suitable literature review presented in the first part of the paper. The methodology used is appropriate with the dependent and independent variables properly chosen. However, one thinks that some changes in Muller’s methodology which the author adapted, could have been introduced to come up with other valuable findings. The statistical measures used are defined to get a clearer understanding of the results and its implications.
One thinks that the only contribution of the paper is that it verifies Muller’s findings in his research in the same area. Other than that, the research does not offer any additional new findings or conclusions. The implications of the results were not clearly explained. The author only surmises the explanations for the results of his research. The only value that one sees in this study is that Muller’s findings are still true even after twenty years. Other than that, one does not see much value to it. One thinks that the author should have at least tested a new hypothesis and not merely replicated the methodology used by Muller, so that he may come up with other significant findings.
Stekler, H.O. "Income inequality, education attainment, and mortality rates." 2013.